Step # 17 Concerto for Oboe and Strings (Movement II-Allegro) by Cimarosa

Concerto for Oboe and Strings ( Movement II-Allegro) by Cimarosa

Published by Boosey and Hawkes Music Publishers Ltd.

# 1

This second movement is a very happy piece that opens with piccolo-style playing: very staccato.  Be sure to use the correct “F” fingerings with this opening pattern.  You need to vary your fingerings between regular “F” and forked “F”.

# 2

After the opening staccato rhythmic pattern the first half of the movement is performed in violin-style “with lots of bow.”  The key to success is not to rush the rhythm patterns once you set the tempo you want.    In line three  note the long crescendo followed by a piano section.  This rhythmic pattern at the beginning of line four can be awkward.  Practice this pattern first omitting the second note (“E” natural)and then add the note.  It is important to play the fourth note of the pattern (high “A’) very staccato.

# 3

In the second half of the music (line 6) there are two challenging rhythmic patterns.  The first pattern starts on “G#” and the second pattern starts on “F#”.  Practice both patterns very slowly and evenly.  Try stretching each of the four notes in the 7 patterns of sixteenth notes while playing the rhythm with a steady tempo (ONE-two-three-four; one-TWO-three-four; one-two-THREE-four; one-two-three-FOUR).  Finally, go back to your original sixteenth note rhythm pattern.  Hopefully, you will discover a major improvement in your  technique.

# 4

Following the challenging sixteenth note rhythm pattern starting on “F#” there is a beautiful lyric melody at the end of line 8 that invites a beautiful vibrato.  This is followed immediately by the same rhythmic pattern as in line 4.  Again, practice this pattern first by leaving out the note “A” and then adding it back into the pattern.

# 5

It is interesting that the composer would finish this very gymnastic-like piece with two low notes (low “C”).  This is the only time he includes  low “C” in the entire composition. Be sure to be set for these two separated notes with good legato-style tonguing.


It is best to practice this movement under tempo, with a steady beat, and in short chunks of measures.  Connect the short chunks of measures together with a continued slow tempo.  As all the chunks are connected, gradually increase the tempo until your reach your goal.  This piece requires a light reed that has an easy response with a chocolate-like sound.

# 7

There is a YouTube video of the above information.  Go to our home page and click on ADVANCED OBOE on the right side.  This will connect you to our YouTube videos.  Click on # 17 to see and hear a performance of the above content.  Good luck with your practicing and performances.

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